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Title: Drinking from a fire hose: Success strategies and coping mechanisms for learning through synchronous microblogging on Twitter
Authors: Amiruddin, Laurie
Supervisor(s): Anderson, Terry (Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Siemens, George (Centre for Distance Education)
Couros, Alec (University of Regina, Faculty of Education)
Degree: M.Ed.(DE)
Department: Centre for Distance Education
Keywords: Synchronous microblogging
Community of practice
Personal learning network
generative learning community
affinity space
Online dicussion
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2015
Abstract: Microblogging has emerged as popular tool for networking and communications among millions of users. The most popular microblogging application, Twitter, allows virtual groups to form spontaneously around shared interests and set times to come together to discuss a topic, resulting in what this study terms synchronous microblogging. These chats can result in an overwhelming intensity of discussion reminiscent of “drinking from a fire hose”. This study explored how social aggregation was characterized in this informal learning environment and identified the success strategies and coping mechanisms that chat participants employed. The study broadened the knowledge of the mechanics of successful synchronous microblogging chats and identified ways to motivate individuals to participate. Twitter chats were characterized by low levels of formality, high levels of topic focus, tight and loose relationship-building, high resource sharing, and high structure. The study was unable to determine whether knowledge can be socially constructed within a Twitter chat.
Graduation Date: 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/87
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